Review of Human Health Risk Assessments at California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation


The California Department of Pesticide Regulation conducts human health risk assessments of pesticides as part of its mission to ensure the protection of workers and public health in the state.  A new report from the National Research Council reviews the agency’s risk-assessment procedures and determines whether their processes of hazard identification, exposure assessment, dose-response analysis, and risk characterization are consistent with best practices.  The report also evaluates the methods used by the agency for setting priorities among pesticides to undergo risk assessment and identifies options for improving efficiency and productivity.



Review of California’s Risk-Assessment Process for Pesticides will be available for reporters only beginning at 1 p.m. EST Wednesday, Jan. 21.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 2 p.m. EST Thursday, Jan. 22.  To obtain a copy, reporters should contact the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail